Climbing fish is designed to solve a problem.
The trend of decreasing diversity and social intimacy
We are all shaped, to a greater extent than any other species, by contact with others. On the surface in this 'connected world' we should feel satisfied but there’s a big difference between being surrounded by or hyper linked to lots of people and having moments of genuine human connection with them.
This is not a healthy situation, so just like you exercise your body, Climbing Fish aims to exercise your mind by creating opportunities to bridge circumscribed worlds and set up conversations we believe will be interesting and fulfilling for you. All you need to do is make the most out of the possibilities they unlock and become what we call Socially Actualized. So join us and engineer some diversity and social intimacy into your life and be part of the social congregating not the seperating.
Evolution of Climbing Fish (abridged version)
I came to New York in 2012 from England and wanted to get into the community asap. I had two options, LinkedIn
Evolution of Climbing Fish (longer version)
The name comes from a quote attributed to (although we suspect not) Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” In short, we believed that many of us are in roles in life that don't match our real interests, but changing this situation is a scary proposition for many. As a result we go through life struggling in first gear, like a fish climbing a tree that never discovers its true passion is swimming. Its an idea shared by among others Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell and Sir Ken Robinson we set out to find a solution. That solution was to explore the possibilities through connecting with others in the same situation.
We spent many months evolving the idea and in July 2012, version 1 emerged and was launched to a closed test group in the beautiful city of Bath, in England. To our delight (and relief) we discovered a ready audience who loved the idea. We collected 1,000 active members and started them on a series of introductions based on their back-story and future aspirations.
What became obvious after the 100+ follow-up face-to-face interviews that there was two groups of people who loved the idea. The first group were those who were into meeting to benefit their career only. In fact members started many businesses off our introductions, that are still going strong.
The second group were those looking to connect with others as they saw the human connecting process in itself as something very positive, healthy even. They had ideas of what they wanted to do but needed to connect and sound off these ideas with like minded individuals willing to listen. What’s encouraging for us is that many claimed that they had begun to refine their ideas and grow in confidence that they would act on these ideas following the conversations we set up.
Another unifying factor with this group is they saw connecting and focusing on helping other as the means to finding their personal satisfaction. This was less like the individualisticly focused Maslow's Self-actualizing and more what we began to term Social-Actualizing.
So on 1st June 2013, with all Version-1 pilot lessons taken on board, we launched Version-2, to the good people of New York City. Today we have a passionate community who are very happy to talk about the positive outcomes their Climbing Fish connections have made to their lives. Check out their interviews HERE.
Both Phil and I were strangers in the summer of 2011. Two to three honest conversations later, we connected and were inspired to
So com'on, find like-minded people, make new friends, new business partners even. Voice your concerns and opinions. Join discussions. get challenged. Learn from others. In other words, use social media to beef up your (real) social life, congregate not separate.
The three main books that have influenced the business..